The ACT Government issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 27 January 2012 to support the development of up to 40 megawatts of large-scale solar generation capacity in the ACT. The RFP was issued in relation to the competitive process (the Solar Auction) determined in the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) FiT Capacity Release Determination 2012 (No 1).
The closing date for the lodgement of bids for pre-qualification in the Solar Auction was 10 April 2012. 49 proposals were received by the Solar Auction Secretariat, with 27 of these nominating for the fast-track stream of the assessment process.
The closing dates for Stage 2 final proposals were 20 June 2012 for the fast-track stream and 16 April 2013 for the regular stream. 10 proposals were received by the Secretariat in the fast-track stream and 15 in the regular stream
On 5 September 2012, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that FRV Royalla Solar Farm Pty Limited had been successful in the fast-track stream of the Solar Auction and would be awarded a grant of FiT entitlement for their 20 megawatt proposal to be located at Royalla in the ACT. Unsuccessful fast-track stream proponents were able to resubmit a final proposal in the Stage 2 regular stream of the Solar Auction. Media Release 5 September 2012.
The outcome of the regular stream is expected to be announced in mid-2013. Media Release 19 April 2013
Details of organisations and persons wishing to facilitate the networking of parties interested in the Solar Auction process can be located on the Solar Auction Interested Parties page.
In March 2012 a Solar Auction Advisory Panel was appointed by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. The Panel is responsible for overseeing the Solar Auction assessment process and making recommendations to the Minister, initially for those proposals considered eligible for prequalification and subsequently for the awarding of a feed-in tariff entitlement.
The Panel members are:
With the release of the first tranche of capacity under the Act, industry has had an opportunity to compete for the establishment of up to 40MW of solar generation from large-scale facilities (minimum 2MW generating system capacity) located in the ACT.
The Auction will: